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Brain Injuries

What is a Brain Injury?

A brain injury is damage to the brain, either temporary or permanent, that affects its ability to function properly. Approximately 1.4 million people in the United States suffer brain injuries each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Brain injuries can range from mild to severe and include:

  • Concussions: Often caused by blunt force trauma, this type of injury ranges in severity. Mild effects including headache, nausea, and confusion, typically subsiding after 24 hours. However, more severe forms of concussion may result in long-lasting or permanent damage.
  • Contusions: Contusions are the result of bruised or swollen brain tissue. Broken blood vessels may leak into brain tissue, which can lead to life-threatening spikes in intracranial pressure or brain herniation.
  • Penetrating injuries: This type of brain injury is the result of a foreign object penetrating the outer layer of the meninges. Penetrating injuries have a high rate of permanent disability and mortality.

The Philadelphia catastrophic injury lawyers at The Igwe Firm represents clients with all types of brain injuries. With a combined experience of over 20 years, our lawyers know what it takes to file a successful claim against various responsible parties.

Types of Brain Injuries

There are two main types of brain injuries – traumatic and acquired. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are caused by external force, whereas acquired brain injuries are caused by internal damage.

TBIs are typically the result of car accidents or workplace accidents.

  • TBI: This type of brain injury can cause impaired coordination, speech, and behavior. Symptoms may not surface until some time after the accident. Therefore, it is important that victims seek medical attention immediately.

Acquired brain injuries occur when the brain is deprived of oxygen, causing either anoxia or hypoxic brain injury.

  • Anoxia: When the brain is deprived of oxygen, this is a condition called anoxia. It can lead to cell death and damage to the brain within a relatively short time.
  • Hypoxic Brain Injury: When the brain is still receiving oxygen, but it is insufficient, hypoxic brain injuries can occur. This type of brain injury may also lead to functional brain damage and death if not treated expediently.

Causes of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries may be caused by a variety of factors and circumstances. Some common causes of brain injuries include:

  • Explosions
  • Medical malpractice
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Violence

Obtaining Compensation for a Brain Injury

Those who suffer brain injuries due to someone else’s negligent or intentional behavior may be eligible for financial compensation. The type and amount of compensation available depends on the responsible parties and the circumstances of each case.

Some common bases for brain injury lawsuits include:

  • Medical Malpractice: This type of case is usually filed against a medical professional for acquired brain injuries that a patient sustained under their care. Doctors, nurses, and other medical providers may be liable for injuries caused due to their failure to uphold the proper standard of care.
  • Negligence: Those who owed the victim a legal duty of care may be liable for injuries resulting from their breach of that duty. In addition to medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents are a common cause of negligence-based lawsuits for brain injuries.
  • Product Liability: These cases involve brain injuries that may be caused by defective products. In those cases, the manufacturer, assembler, installer, wholesaler, or retail store that sold the harmful product may be held liable.

Philadelphia Catastrophic Injury Lawyers at The Igwe Firm Help Brain Injury Victims Obtain Maximum Compensation

If you sustained a brain injury due to someone else’s negligent or intentional actions, contact a Philadelphia catastrophic injury lawyer at The Igwe Firm. Our experienced lawyers have represented clients in a wide variety of catastrophic injury cases, including those involving brain injuries. Our skilled legal team will ensure that your rights are protected and help get you the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, please complete our online contact form or call us at 215-278-9898. From our office conveniently located in Philadelphia, we represent clients throughout Pennsylvania, including those in Lehigh County.